The Bulldogs will have to wait for Upshaw to make an impact, though. CBSSports.com has learned Upshaw suffered a leg injury last month and is doubtful to return for the start of the season.
Upshaw is likely out 2-4 more weeks, with a timetable of mid-November to early December for return.
The 6-foot-11 center from San Joaquin Memorial was ranked No. 50 in the class of 2012. He has a wide variety of offensive moves in the paint, but he needs to be more aggressive and use his size and length more effectively. Given time, Upshaw has the potential to be one of the best big men in the conference. He averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as a high school senior.
Upshaw isn't the only player Fresno is worried about. Kevin Olekaibe, the team's leading scorer last season, injured his right elbow last month but is expected to be healthy for the opener. Former Kansas signee Braeden Anderson hasn't been cleared to play yet, although a decision is expected by December.
Fresno State went 13-20 last season, Rodney Terry's first year at the helm.